Small Screen Reviews
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Review
What’s It About?
The Mission team take on a mission to retrieve some plutonium that are set to be used for nuclear weapons by a sinister terrorist organisation known as The Apostles.
Who’s In It?
Tom Cruise (Minority Report, Born On The Fourth Of July, Mission Impossible 1-6)
Simon Pegg (Shaun Of The Dead, Star Trek films, Mission films 3-6)
Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel, The Man From UNCLE, & more recently Justice League)
Other notables include:
Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen, The Girl On The Train, & more recently The Greatest Showman)
Sean Harris (Prometheus, ’71, Macbeth)
Alec Baldwin (Glengarry Glen Ross, The Departed, It’s Complicated & 30 Rock)
Mission Impossible may be one day be proved true, for although the team have so far managed to complete their missions, the filmmakers continue to raise the stakes to ridiculous levels, meaning surely that they will soon hit their limit. Tom Cruise may be as mad as a box of frogs at times, but boy does it pay dividends in his films.
After jumping out of the Burj Khalifa in a quite remarkable stunt in Ghost Protocol, he then surpassed it in Rogue Nation by clinging on to the side of an A400m Airbus aircraft as it took off. Clearly not done with that, the A-lister now leaps out of an aircraft in Fallout to perform a HALO jump – High Altitude Low Opening. And that is just one of the thrilling moments in this latest Mission Impossible film. If that level of dedication and commitment to entertainment doesn’t impress you and get the heart racing, then you must be a bloodless and sorry creature.
This time around, we find Ethan Hawke and his team brought in to prevent some plutonium getting into the wrong hands – namely a terrorist organisation named The Apostles – and used for nuclear weapons. It’s safe to say things don’t go smoothly, with incarcerated anarchise Solomon Lane making a reappearance, fellow agent Ilsa Faust crossing paths while on her own mission, and another CIA agent, August Walker, being foisted on the Mission team to keep a watch for CIA head honcho Erica Sloan. And Walker is very much chalk to Hunt’s vintage cheddar.
Incredible car chasing in Paris, the aforementioned HALO jump, remarkable helicopter chase scenes, and one of the best bathroom fight scenes since Casino Royale or True Lies, in a breathless and thrilling 2hrs make Mission Impossible Fallout the best chapter in the ongoing saga.
Cruise is on top form, as usual, displaying his effortless charm and remarkable professionalism, alongside plenty of vulnerability, and he is aided by a fine cast which includes Henry Cavill’s finest performance to date, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby and regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin & Michelle Monaghan.
In A Nutshell:
Tense, thrilling and unrelenting with an emotion punch, the only problem is how can they top it next time?
Tom Cruise putting himself through it once again
Release date: 03/12/2018
Certificate: 12 / 12A